Tommy Rees, the offensive coordinator at Notre Dame, confirmed to the players Wednesday night that he will remain at the school during the next coaching transition.
According to reports, Rees, a former Fighting Irish quarterback who joined the team as quarterbacks coach in 2017, had an option to join former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly at LSU. However, after consulting with Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick on Wednesday, Rees has decided to stay at his alma mater and will earn a raise in his salary.
Rees, who is 29 years old, is in his second season at Notre Dame. In 2016, he worked as an assistant with the San Diego Chargers.
According to insiders, Notre Dame is also attempting to keep defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman, who is also a leading candidate for the team’s head coaching vacancy. Freeman, 35, has a lot of support from players and those who want him to be the next head coach. According to insiders, Kelly, who hired Freeman from Cincinnati following the 2020 season, is eyeing him for the defensive coordinator position at LSU.
Matt Balis, the Fighting Irish’s director of sports performance, announced on Tuesday that he will return to Notre Dame in 2022.